Hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers provide Washington state with some of the lowest electric rates in the nation. Yakima County is served by two electric utilities companies, Pacific Power & Light Company, an investor-owned utility, and the Benton County Rural Electric Association.
Formed in 1910, Pacific Power & Light started from several small electric companies and served 7,000 customers in Astoria and Pendleton in Oregon, and Yakima and Walla Walla in Washington. Pacific Power serves portions of Yakima, Benton and Kittitas counties in the Yakima Valley. Building enduring relationships by working closely with state and local partners, PPL helps communities enhance their economic vitality – attracting top companies and high-paying jobs. For local inquires contact:
Benton REA Cooperative's mission is to provide affordable, and reliable energy and other member driven compatible services that enhance the quality of life for all our members. What makes electric cooperatives like Benton REA so unique when compared to any other form of utility is that you, the member, are an owner of the cooperative. As an owner, you truly have a voice is how Benton REA operates. Benton REA serves parts of the Sunnyside community and east. For local inquires contact:
Cascade Natural Gas Corporation distributes natural gas throughout Yakima County and quality service is available for all types of installations. An ample supply of natural gas from both U.S. and Canadian sources is expected to meet anticipated future demand.
Solid waste collection service is available throughout the region by municipal systems or private companies. There are two solid waste landfills and one transfer station within Yakima County. The area also offers recycling centers for a number of items.
Several cities in the Yakima Valley operate their own permitted industrial waste water treatment programs. The Port of Sunnyside operates a system dedicated to the treatment of industrial waste. The regional treatment plant operated by the city of Yakima also has a delegated industrial pretreatment program in place.
Digital telecommunications service is available to Yakima County customers through CenturyLink, Integra, and Charter Communications. Fiber optic cables serve most areas within the county. There are several companies that offer competitive long distance and cellular services including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and others. Due in part to technological advances such as these, Yakima County is particularly well-suited for call centers and related industries.